What is verbal narration?

What is verbal narration?


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Verbal narration is using words to convey a story, or narrative. Though the term "verbal" typically means something which is spoken, a verbal narrative may also be accomplished through the written word. In contrast, a visual narrative is storytelling achieved only through images. Some media combine visual and verbal narrative, where parts of the story may be demonstrated alternately between words and images.

An example of verbal narration might be a book which tells a story with no pictures, such as the Harry Potter series. Much popular music also relies on verbal narrative to tell a story. An example of visual narrative might be a comic book which relies entirely on pictures, like The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. Silent film with no subtitles and the practice of mimes are also examples of visual narrative.

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